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The Endless Forest

(Wilderness #6)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  9,251 ratings  ·  590 reviews
With a master storyteller’s skill and a historian’s precision, Sara Donati has delighted readers and critics alike with her bestselling novels of the nineteenth-century New York frontier. Now she brings us The Endless Forest, set in the remote village of Paradise, where the Bonner family that readers first met in Into the Wilderness make their home.

The spring of 1824 is a
Paperback, 628 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Bantam (first published December 15th 2009)
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Laura I agree with Rochelle! It's a very intertwined series with lots of characters. My library did not have any copies in print either - I read them all fo…moreI agree with Rochelle! It's a very intertwined series with lots of characters. My library did not have any copies in print either - I read them all for free on my Overdrive app, which is connected through my local library and is how they provide e-books. You might check for e-book options, many libraries are really getting up to speed on that option now! It's a great historical series and definitely worth reading all the books.(less)
Pam I didn't find her annoying. However, I think she was elevated to a more pertinent character than she needed to be. That said, she was the youngest of …moreI didn't find her annoying. However, I think she was elevated to a more pertinent character than she needed to be. That said, she was the youngest of Nathaniel/Elizabeth's children, and the previous books had built the story lines of their other kids. (less)

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Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series. I read it because I was a huge Diana Gabaldon fan, and I saw her recommendation on the cover of the first book in this series. However, I became a fan of this series based on it's own merits and the talent of the author, Sara Donati (Rosina Lippi). I won't waste anyone's time giving my own synopsis of the story, that is better done by the author. I do want to say that I appreciate the world and the characters created by Ms. Lippi, and that it was a pleasure to spend some tim ...more
Gail Amendt
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow, where do I even begin? For the past two and a half months I have been on an epic journey with the Bonner family. I first started this series largely because it was recommended by Diana Gabaldon, and many reviewers have compared it to her Outlander series. It is similar, in that it is very well written romantic historical fiction, with very strong, well developed characters. It even makes reference to a couple of the characters in the Outlander books in the first book of the series. I soon s ...more
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 6th and final book in the Wilderness series by Sara Donati. Since it was the last one, I wasn't expecting any great adventure and I was right. It was a 'sum it all up' type book. I didn't like the epilogue at all. I didn't like the sudden need for profanity in this when there was hardly any in the previous books. I didn't feel Martha's and Daniel's sex life needed to be drug out multiple times...there was just so much repetition in that. I didn't like how all the men share the same b ...more
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What a finish!!! At least I am assuming this is the last in the series. All the loose ends were tied up in the last few pages and in such a unique way. When our library acquired Queen of Swords and paperbacks of all the previous books in the series, I knew it was time to reread the whole set, especially since I had been waiting to read the 'Fire' one. Two weeks and many late nights later,I was finished with all that had been published so far and waiting for 'Forest'. This week it came to the lib ...more
Oct 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
I found the following, posted by the author, on

I am Rosina Lippi, aka Sara Donati, author of the Wilderness series. If you've come here because you are wondering about a book in the series called "Journey's End" please note: there is no such book. The sixth book in the series is called "The Endless Forest" and that is available here on Amazon for preorder. Journey's End was a working title that somehow (mistakenly) found itself way onto Amazon, but I don't seem to be able to get them
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Alright so call me naive but I like stories that are all wrapped up happily ever after. I floated through this book on a cloud of happiness, loving the stories of the Bonner clan all together at last, everything coming together nicely for the characters we have followed for six books and then WHAM - the Epilogue! I know that people die, but after loving these characters for so long, I really didn't want to know about it. Thankfully there were some happy hightlights in there as well but I must co ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-books
I was very disappointed in this book. Queen of swords was excellent in this series so I was excited to have the next adventure. This book was long, boring, full of sex and ridiculous filler. The book is 600+ pages and I’d say the epilogue was the best part. She could have skipped this book completely tagged the epilogue to Queen of swords and moved right onto The Gilded Hour. Not worth the time I spent reading this one. Glad it is finally over.
This is the sixth and final book in the series that started with Into the Wilderness. At the outset this is meta-fiction/ historical fiction the son of Hawkeye from The Last of the Mohicans and Elizabeth Middleton, a Jane Austen character, meet and fall in love.

Now it’s thirty years later and this novel is mostly concerned with their grown children and grandchildren. Martha, who is the villain Jemima’s daughter, falls in love and marries Daniel (Elizabeth & Nathaniel’s son) who lost the use of
Re-Read 10/15 ... the Epilogue still made me cry the second time around *sniffle*

"5 Stars!!"

“I have loved the stars too well to fear the night.
~Elizabeth Middleton Bonner”

WOWZA!!! What a great story!!!! I am super bummed it's over :( These books are a must read for anyone that loves a good book action, adventure, history and romance all rolled into one... amazing characters and the settings are written so well I almost felt as if I was there. I really enjoyed this last installment as it was
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
ENDLESS FOREST ends the saga of the Bonner family and the series that started with INTO THE WIlDERNESS. The series opens in the 1790's and runs to a conclusion (in the ENDLESS FOREST)in the 1840's. The story takes place in colonial New York north of Albany at the edge of the endless forest. Through all the trials and tribulations of the Bonner family and friends you will travel a number of places, including Scotland, Canada, "the west", Florida, New Orleans and more. When they go off to war, as ...more
Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This wonderful conclusion to the Into the Wilderness series takes place in 1824 Paradise, New York, a small but growing village which, due to the author's descriptive writing, almost becomes a character in and of itself. The Bonners, Donati's multilayered, fictional family come alive in this story, both as individuals and as a family unit. The result is a terrific narrative with a very satisfying resolution of previous storylines. I will miss these books, but see myself going back to revisit.
Jennifer Sakash
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying conclusion to this series that I enjoyed at least as much as "Outlander". There are many similarities between the two series, but strongest of all is the fierce protectiveness of their own and loyalty to clan - through blood or other ties. A simple and appropriate way to finish the book (and series), finding out what happens to all the characters and coming full circle. I will miss and remember these characters.
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jim Graczyk
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great series - almost sorry to be finished with it. I like the way it using newspaper entries to take it into the future and in that way put closure to most of the characters. Anyone that likes Outlander should like this. Plenty of depth in the characters, of which there are many. There are lots of strong women characters.
Sara Giacalone
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great series, and much more than a "knockoff" (or fan fiction) of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. I admit I was put off by the mention of Red Jamie and the White Witch in the first one (Into the Wilderness) and wondered if I would enjoy this series, despite it's relatable characters and strong story. After six books (a couple in the middle were a tad less interesting, I admit), I really loved the last two in the series, including this one. She writes well, with loving historical det ...more
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sorry to see the end of this series. 6 books telling us the story of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner and all their offspring and drama along the way. Wonder why no one has ever turned this in to a TV series? It would be a good one.
Bridget Healy
I loved this series, I'm so sad I'm finished with it. This is hands down one of my favorite all time book series.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a great series I am sorry to be done with it. Now I have to pick something else to read and that is always hard coming off a good read.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lovely end to a good story.
I really enjoyed this series. I learned so much about this time period. The author ended the series in an unusual way, in which she wrote newspaper blurbs about the characters doings in the following years. Very ingenious.
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My Thoughts: I loved this book. Although it didn't have as much adventure as previous books, Donati was still able to keep up the momentum and keep the reader interested. I have to give Donati credit. She knows how balance the overall storyline in her 6 book series from one generation to the other. Other major series, like Outlander, tend to focus too much on one generati
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
Ah, the final book. The challenge for anyone who ever writes a series - how to wrap things up so that you tell the story you intended to tell, while satisfying readers with the story they want to hear. It's a tough line to walk, and Donati does it quite well.

I loved the return to Paradise and the extended Bonner family. The prologue with Curiosity catching us up on what's happened was wonderful. Curiosity is one of my favorite characters and I loved her in this book. I also really enjoyed the ec
Feb 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
The previous book in this series (Queen of Swords) came out like in 2006/7 - I can't remember which. Since I've read about a gazillion books since then and since I have reading retention problems anyway, I was having a few problems remembering some of the character's back stories. I was a little bit disappointed that the author assumed that people would remember. I know these characters have been her life for the past umpteen years but they aren't necessarily foremost in the minds of everyone. I ...more
The Endless Forest is a wonderful way to finish this series. I can't believe I left these books to sit on my bookshelf for so long without reading them. It was quite the haul to read all of the six books, especially as I had returned to work and didn't have as much reading time as I would have liked. I did feel like I still have a couple of unanswered questions, in particularly about Strikes the Sky and Nicholas Wilde but maybe in my haste to get to the end, I've missed some details. This is cer ...more
Audrey Dailey
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it

This is the last book in the Wilderness series, and so while it was very good, I'm a little sad that it is over. The pacing and plot were very good, although about half way through I felt like things began to happen not to advance the plot but to wrap up the series. Which is probably typical. The wrap-up was good, although I still have some unanswered questions about Ethan 's marriage and Harper's death. I was also a little disappointed about the lack of time that we spent with Hannah, conside
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it
OK--three and a half stars. I read it quickly, to find out what happens to all of the characters.

It's one of the better books in the series (although I liked "Queen of Swords" a lot, being full of colorful detail about New Orleans in 1814: real characters, events and place). The epilogue is very satisfying and feels almost real.

But there's something kind of flavorless about the writing. When an author accrues such a large cast of characters, she's got to give them something to do, a way to tell
Susan E
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read
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